Meet J.D. Pulfer

J.D. Pulfer

16U Silver Coach

We are proud to announce J.D. Pulfer as the 16U Silver Coach for Action Baseball Club!

Danny “J.D.” Pulfer, a former All-Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Oregon infielder and 19th round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011, is currently Hendrix infielders coach and hitting instructor since 2022.

Prior to Hendrix, Pulfer spent two seasons (2020-21) as the Towson infielders and assistant hitting coach.
In 2021, Pulfer helped the Tigers lead the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in sacrifice bunts (seventh in Division I), hit by pitch (16th) and walks (29th). Towson also ranked second in the league and 68th nationally in stolen bases.

With Pulfer’s assistance in the 2020 season shortened to 15 games due to COVID-19, the team improved its on-base percentage by 36 points (.310 to .346) from the previous season and earned over half a steal more per contest.

Pulfer worked as an assistant girls’ softball coach and strength and conditioning coach at Edison (Calif.) High School (2017-18) and Marina (Calif.) High School (2015-16), each for two seasons.  Pulfer worked as an assistant coach for Firecrackers Fastpitch for four seasons (2016-19).

Pulfer is the CEO and President of Turn It Up Performance Development, a non-profit organization which develops young athletes and improves their speed, agility and overall athleticism.

Pulfer played four seasons (2013-17) in the American Association of Professional Baseball, hitting over 0.279 in his first three seasons in the league and combining for 58 doubles. He helped the Railcats to a league championship in 2013 and the Lemurs to a crown in 2015.
In two minor league seasons (2011-12) in the Diamondbacks organization, Pulfer hit .271 and totaled four home runs, 47 RBIs, 111 hits, 65 runs scored, 150 total bases, 17 doubles, five triples, 32 walks and 12 stolen bases. In 2012, he and the Missoula Osprey won the Pioneer League.

Pulfer was the sixth Oregon player selected in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was the 34th player in program history to be drafted but just the third position player to hear his name called since the program restarted in 2009.

Pulfer was a three-year starter (2009-11), mostly at second base, for the Ducks, where he batted 0.302, one of only two players since 2009 to bat over 0.300 in a career. He left Oregon holding the all-time records for hits, doubles, intentional walks, at-bats, games played and multiple-hit games.

Pulfer held Oregon single-game records for at-bats and hits and single-season marks for at-bats, runs, doubles and longest hitting streak.
In Oregon history, Pulfer ranked second all-time in hit by pitch, on-base percentage, double plays turned and assists, tied for second in multiple-RBI games, fourth in walks and runs and ninth in RBIs. In single-season accolades, he was second in hits, doubles and multiple-hit games, third in slugging percentage, fourth in hits and at-bats, fifth in slugging percentage, tied for sixth in RBIs and multiple-hit games, tied for eighth in hit by pitch and tied for 10th in runs.

During his junior campaign in 2011, Pulfer led the Ducks in batting at 0.351 (fourth in Pac-10) and with 79 hits (T-fifth), 16 doubles (T-fifth), two triples, two home runs, a 0.426 on-base percentage (second) and 105 total bases. Defensively, Pulfer helped turn 40 double plays.

Pulfer was named to the All-Pac-10 Team, becoming the first position player to earn the honor since the Oregon program was reinstated. 

In summer 2010, for the second-straight season, Pulfer played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League (NWL), where he batted 0.233 with 14 RBIs and 11 runs scored. He helped Rochester to a 36-29 record, and the Honkers advanced to the NWL championship series for the second-straight year.

As a sophomore, Pulfer batted 0.300 and led the Ducks offensively with 14 doubles, 47 runs, 12 sacrifice hits (T-third) and defensively with 183 assists.

Pulfer was an honorable mention Pac-10 selection.

In summer 2009, Pulfer played for Rochester and helped the club win the NWL Championship as the team’s starting third baseman. He hit 0.257 with 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

As a freshman, Pulfer was an everyday starter in the infield, splitting time between third base (31 starts), second base (21) and shortstop (3). He began the season as the Ducks’ second baseman but made the move to the hot corner because of his defensive ability and finished the season with 110 assists, 14 double plays turned and a 0.930 fielding percentage. Offensively, Pulfer posted a team-leading 19 walks in addition to 15 RBIs, 12 runs scored, one double, one triple and four stolen bases. He led the team and finished second in the Pac-10 with 11 sacrifices. Pulfer hit 0.306 with runners on and had a 0.352 percentage reaching as the leadoff batter. He hit 0.500 with a runner on third and less than two outs while managing a 0.563 success rate in advancing runners to lead the everyday starting corps.

Pulfer earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from Oregon in 2013.

Pulfer, a Cypress, Calif. native who was considered one of the top high school middle infielder prospects on the west coast, graduated from Cypress High School (Calif.) after spending three years at Marina. As a senior, he was an All-California Interscholastic Federation, All-Empire League and all-county selection after batting 0.485 with three dingers and 24 stolen bases. While at Marina, Pulfer earned All-Sunset League honors.